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Ducati at the double in Jerez

Ducati at the double in Jerez

Ducati at the double in Jerez

Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss completed an astounding Ducati double in the final qualifying practice for the Gran Premio Marlboro de España at Jerez this afternoon, with the Italian snatching pole position from his Australian team-mate with a typically breathtaking late effort. Former World Superbike Champion Bayliss and the stunning Ducati Desmosedici machine are just three rounds into their MotoGP adventure, but they sat proudly at the top of the time sheets for the final five minutes of today's session with Capirossi nestled in second. Honda Pons riders Max Biaggi and Tohru Ukawa closed in during a tense finale, but as Valentino Rossi and Sete Gibernau both faltered with their last lap attempts it was left to Capirossi to steal the headlines with a new pole record time of 1´41.983.

Biaggi and Ukawa clinched the final front row positions, edging Rossi back to the second row in fifth, whilst provisional pole holder Sete Gibernau was unable to improve on his best effort from yesterday and he slid to sixth. John Hopkins turned in a highly impressive performance to join the second row in seventh place aboard the Suzuki, whilst Nobuatsu Aoki was also in inspired form as he clocked the third fastest ever lap of this circuit by a two-stroke machine to put the Proton KR3 in eighth.

Olivier Jacque crashed out as the chequered flag was waved but he had already done enough to qualify as the highest Yamaha in ninth. He is joined on the third row by factory colleague Carlos Checa, Colin Edwards on the Aprilia and Makoto Tamada, who recorded his best qualifying result so far riding the Bridgestone-shod Honda.

MotoGP, 2003, Gran Premio Marlboro de España

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